General Linux admin notes are here.
Raspberry Pi Installation¶
Download Ubuntu MATE 16.04.2 LTS for Raspberry Pi 2 and 3 systems from here
Open the downloaded file with Keka.
Ubuntu desktop requires you to initially login with a keyboard and monitor to setup the system.
Once logged in, you should use
sudo raspi-config to:
- enable SSH
- turn off GUI on init
- turn off splash screen on init
- expand the filesystem
Cleanup installed packages¶
View all the packages installed by default with:
Remove unnecessary packages with:
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Add developer packages¶
Add developer packages with:
Install ros-kinetic-desktop following the instructions here.
Disable Wifi on Ubuntu¶
To disable wifi, use this /etc/network/interfaces:
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In the event that wlan0 is still appearing with an ip address in
Enable Wifi on Ubuntu¶
If the wifi choices are stippled, try this:
sudo /etc/init.d/networking restart
- Edit file /etc/NetworkManager/NetworkManager.conf and change managed=false to managed=true
sudo killall NetworkManager
To manage wifi connection via a config file, add this to /etc/network/interfaces:
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If a device is not managed in /etc/network/interfaces, then it will be avialable via the GUI.
Virtual Box Desktop Installation¶
After installing Desktop, click on Additional Drivers in Software & Updates and add machine-specific drivers.
Under the VirtualBox Networking options, set "Attached to:" to "Bridged Adapter"
To get hostname to reference network address rather than localhost, remove
host name from
After downloading the Ubuntu distro, convert it from a .img.xz file to a .img file with:
Mac boot disk installation¶
A good video on the process is here.
A description of how to enable wifi on a Mac is here.